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Through a generous grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, RFB&D has developed materials for teachers working with students with visual impairments.
Listening Skills Inventory
The New York Learning Standards for English and Language Arts (Rev. March, 1996) formed the basis for this inventory of listening skills, which was made available by a grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, between RFB&D and New York Educational Vision Services, to support the development of a listening and teacher training curriculum. The standards were summarized and abbreviated to focus on listening and reading; and more specifically, listening for students with visual impairments or blindness. The sequence of skills follows the New York Learning Standards for English and Language Arts and is delineated according to Elementary, Intermediate and Commencement levels. Additional references and state standards were also applied to build a comprehensive list of listening skills. Examples of evidence that each skill has been obtained and sample application(s) are given for each standard.
Resources for Teaching Listening
- Active Listening T-chart: Did you know that you can actually see and hear an active listener? Use this T-chart to talk to students about what active listening looks and sounds like. Create the T-chart as a class. Act out and sound out the active listening behaviors. Make the Chart into a poster and review it prior to listening activities.
- Language for Social Interaction Checklist: This checklist is based on New York’s Learning Standards for English and Language Arts - Standard 4, Language for Social Interaction. The language for social interaction skills are listed in the left hand column, with suggested activities in the center column. When available, one can link directly to the activity on the Learning Through Listening website. The Mastery column can be checked off when the student has mastered the skill at a 95% confidence level.
- Listening Quiz and Teacher’s Guide: Use this quiz to introduce the importance of listening to your students. Use the Teacher’s Guide with answers to discuss why listening is important and how they may be able to improve their listening skills.
Conducting brief listening skill activities with your class is a great way to effectively use a few free minutes, to refocus after a transition or to play a quick game.
- Are You Listening? provides descriptions of different activities that you can easily do and gives you a few examples to get started. These activities can be done orally, or students can write down their responses and switch papers to check.
- Accessible interactive activities in our Listening Lab provide an opportunity for your students to listen to and identify common environmental sounds and play accessible memory matching games using those sounds, while Accessible listening comprehension activities provide an opportunity for your students to listen to a short paragraph featuring direction words and answer a set of questions.
Resources for Teaching Note-taking Skills to B/VI Students
This section includes a paper on Teaching Note-taking Skills to B/VI Students, an example and guide to abbreviations, and a note-taking quiz and teacher's guide.
Specialized plans were developed as part of a grant from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind and include materials adapted for use with visually impaired students.
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